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The Arkansas State Archives houses approximately 13,000 cubic feet of state records and manuscript collections pertaining to the history of Arkansas and its people. These materials have been described and inventoried for ease of access. These inventories, called finding aids, are keyword searchable. You may also browse these finding aids alphabetically using the links below. Click the collection's title to view the finding aid.

Separated Materials:  Some archival collections contain materials that have been stored separately from the bulk of the collection due to those items' preservation needs. Generally, this affects collections that include artifacts that have been moved to the archives' museum collection, and the existence of artifacts in a collection has been noted in that collection's finding aid. Due to the nature of artifact and other separated materials, we require researchers to fill out an Artifact Access Form and send it in to state.archives@arkansas.gov, to schedule an appointment to view artifacts from the museum collection.  

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Collection Title: Gaither, Zella Hargrove poem
Summary:

This collection contains a poem by Zella Hargrove Gaither.


Collection Title: Garland, A.H. letter
Summary:

This letter was written by Augustus Garland when he was United States Attorney General, expressing gratitude to Mr. Manning for his loyalty following an article that portrayed Garland negatively.


Collection Title: Garland, Augustus H. invitation
Summary:

This collection contains an invitation for a banquet held in Augustus H. Garland's honor in 1883.


Collection Title: Garland, Augustus H. letter
Summary:

Augustus Hill Garland was born June 11, 1832, in Covington, Tennessee, to Rufus and Barbara Hill Garland. When he was an infant, his family moved to Miller County, Arkansas. He attended St. Mary's College in Lebanon, Kentucky and in 1849, graduated from St. Joseph's College in Bardstown, Kentucky. He studied law under Simon Sanders, and in 1853, he formed a law practice with his stepfather Thomas Hubbard in Washington, Arkansas. He married Sarah Virginia Sanders on June 14, 1853; they had nine children, four of which survived to adulthood.
In 1856, he moved to Little Rock and practiced law with Ebenezer Cummins. In 1861, he was elected as a representative of Pulaski County to attend the Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Confederate Congress in Richmond, Virginia. After the war, Garland was governor of Arkansas, 1874-1877. He represented Arkansas as United States Senator, 1877-1885, when he resigned to become United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland. He served in that capacity until Cleveland's term ended in 1888, after which he returned to Little Rock. On January 26, 1899, he suffered a stroke during a trial. He died hours later and was buried at Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
This collection contains correspondence from Augustus H. Garland, Princeton, Arkansas, to John Shoppach, New York, asking for his support in Garland's run for Congress.
Donated by A.G. Shoppach.
Augustus H. Garland letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Garland, Augustus H. letter
Summary:

Augustus Hill Garland was born June 11, 1832, in Covington, Tennessee, to Rufus and Barbara Hill Garland. When he was an infant, his family moved to Miller County, Arkansas. He attended St. Mary's College in Lebanon, Kentucky and in 1849, graduated from St. Joseph's College in Bardstown, Kentucky. He studied law under Simon Sanders, and in 1853, he formed a law practice with his stepfather Thomas Hubbard in Washington, Arkansas. He married Sarah Virginia Sanders on June 14, 1853; they had nine children, four of which survived to adulthood.
In 1856, he moved to Little Rock and practiced law with Ebenezer Cummins. In 1861, he was elected as a representative of Pulaski County to attend the Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Confederate Congress in Richmond, Virginia. After the war, Garland was governor of Arkansas, 1874-1877. He represented Arkansas as United States Senator, 1877-1885, when he resigned to become United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland. He served in that capacity until Cleveland's term ended in 1888, after which he returned to Little Rock. On January 26, 1899, he suffered a stroke during a trial. He died hours later and was buried at Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
This collection contains correspondence from Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Mrs. B.B. Sterling, accepting an invitation for a night's entertainment.
Donated by Mrs. B. B. Sterling.
Garland, Augustus H. letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Garland, Augustus H. letter
Dates: 1882-1887
Summary:

Augustus Hill Garland was born June 11, 1832, in Covington, Tennessee, to Rufus and Barbara Hill Garland. When he was an infant, his family moved to Miller County, Arkansas. He attended St. Mary's College in Lebanon, Kentucky and in 1849, graduated from St. Joseph's College in Bardstown, Kentucky. He studied law under Simon Sanders, and in 1853, he formed a law practice with his stepfather Thomas Hubbard in Washington, Arkansas. He married Sarah Virginia Sanders on June 14, 1853; they had nine children, four of which survived to adulthood.
In 1856, he moved to Little Rock and practiced law with Ebenezer Cummins. In 1861, he was elected as a representative of Pulaski County to attend the Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Confederate Congress in Richmond, Virginia. After the war, Garland was governor of Arkansas, 1874-1877. He represented Arkansas as United States Senator, 1877-1885, when he resigned to become United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland. He served in that capacity until Cleveland's term ended in 1888, after which he returned to Little Rock. On January 26, 1899, he suffered a stroke during a trial. He died hours later and was buried at Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Francis Cornelius Gaines was born in Parks, Arkansas, on March 29, 1844, to James and Pamelia Gaines. He was the Scott County State Representative, 1881-1883, and the county Sheriff from 1873 to 1878.
This collection contains correspondence from Augustus H. Garland, Washington D.C., to Francis C. Gaines, regarding the introduction of a bill into the senate.
Donated by John P. Woods, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Garland, Augustus H. letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Garland, Augustus letter
Summary:

This letter was written by Augustus Garland in 1896 about his friend, Amos V. Walker, at the time of Walker's death.


Collection Title: Garland County records
Summary:

This collection contains check registers, treasurer's ledgers for school accounts and general accounts, registers for county and school warrants, county bond registers, the sheriff's municipal court records, and revenue sharing records for Garland County, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Garrison, C.G. papers
Dates: 1881-1883
Summary:

This collection contains a receipt and advertisement for C.G. Garrison's business in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Garrison, Charles Willis letter
Summary:

This correspondence is between Dr. Charles Willis Garrison, Arkansas’ first State Board of Health Director, and the Finsen Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Garrison was a professor at the College of Medicine teaching preventative medicine from 1913-1918 and 1922-1931. He belonged to multiple societies and organization that promoted medical treaments and good health, most notably the Arkansas Tuberculosis Association. The Finsen Institute for Phototherapy in Copenhagen was investigating the effects of light on disease. In this letter Dr. Garrison was interested in learning about how light could have healing effects on tuberculosis patients.
Garrison, Charles Willis letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas


Collection Title: Gaston, Joseph E. journal
Summary:

This collection consists of Joseph E. Gaston's journal that relates to his service in the Civil War.


Collection Title: Gatlin family papers
Dates: 1838-1960
Summary:

This collection contains deeds, mortgages, tax receipts, plats, contracts, a stock certificate, a bill, a note, a letter, and other documents relating to Gatlin family property in Sebastian County, Arkansas. It also contains two report cards from Fort Smith, Arkansas, public schools. Notable names included in this collection are William E. Woodruff, Robert S. Gibson, Edward N.B. Noland, Eli Bell, John Farnall, Richard and Mary A. Gatlin, Emma McClare, George C. Faucett, T.W. Bugg, John Carnall, George T. Harrell, J.L. Tilley, S.A. Williams, and John Schaap.


Collection Title: General Orders Number 28
Summary:

This collection contains General Orders Number 28, issued by Brigadier General C. Bussey, for the purchase of green corn.


Collection Title: German prisoner-of-war records
Summary:

This collection contains some correspondence and rosters of German prisoners-of-war at Camp Robinson during World War II. The rosters provide a list of the men in each company and their pre-war occupations.


Collection Title: Gibson, Lorenzo family papers
Dates: circa 1820-circa 1920
Summary:

This collection consists of the papers of Lorenzo Gibson and various members of his family. The bulk of material relates to Lorenzo Gibson, James E. Gibson, McAlmont and Gibson Druggists, and F.T. Gibson. The papers are mostly correspondence and financial spanning almost a century beginning in the late 1820s.


Collection Title: Gillam, Isaac T. family papers
Dates: 1898-1943
Summary:

This collection includes the family papers of Isaac and Lida Anthony Gillam. The papers include correspondence that consists mainly of post cards, receipts, fraternal insurance policies, printed materials, photographs, and memorabilia.


Collection Title: Gillett city records
Dates: 1907-1946
Summary:

The collection contains a city ordinance book, a court docket ledger, and a book of city council minutes, for Gillett, Arkansas.


Collection Title: Gillett scrapbooks
Dates: 1955-1956
Summary:

This collection consists of two scrapbooks containing information about Gillett, Arkansas, in 1955 and 1956. Business development, community health services, education, religion, and overall community improvement are the focus of the newsclippings, photographs, and programs in the scrapbooks.


Collection Title: Gill, Thomas Tapscott papers
Dates: 1916-1928
Summary:

This collection contains World War I military records and personal papers of Thomas Tapscott Gill.


Collection Title: Glenn, C.T. letters
Dates: 1861
Summary:

This collection contains Civil War correspondence of C.T. Glenn to his parents.


Collection Title: Glenwood City Treasury warrant and bank note from the Bank of Amity
Summary:

This collection contains one blank Glenwood City Treasury warrant and one bank note from the Bank of Amity for ninety dollars dated for August 22, 1916.


Collection Title: Godwin family Bible
Summary:

This collection contains one family Bible belonging to H.W. and M.P. Godwin, 1870.


Collection Title: Goodrich family papers
Dates: 1852-1930
Summary:

This collection consists of material from the Goodrich, Hankins, Churchill, and Calef families. Included are correspondence, legal and financial papers, United Daughters of the Confederacy documents, diaries, published and unpublished material, and miscellaneous items.


Collection Title: Goodwin family Bible
Summary:

This collection contains one family Bible presented in 1889 to Perry Goodwin.


Collection Title: Goodwin, Martha Berry Bible
Summary:

This collection contains one small Bible dated 1831, two pages of family information, and three locks of hair.

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